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UCF graduate film wins Audience Award at Gasparilla Film Festival


Hope for a Thorn, written and directed by University of Central Florida alum Erin Kitzinger, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival. The film had its Florida premiere at the festival on March 20, 2010. Kitzinger accepted the awardat the closing ceremonies, held at the historic Tampa Theater in an event that included appearances by Governor Charlie Crist and other notables.

At its world premiere at the L.A. Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles in October 2009, the film received the Best Feature Director award. Shot entirely in the Orlando area during the summer of 2007, Thorn utilized a local cast and combination of student and professional crew to complete the 74-minute film. Director Erin Kitzinger and producer Jay Delaney will be in attendance, along with stars Pat Fisher of Tampa and Sarah Grace Ackerman of Orlando.

Hope for a Thorn is one of the first feature films produced through the University of Central Florida’s new Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema Master of Fine Arts program. The unique graduate program requires its students to finance and produce microbudget digital feature films. Kitzinger graduated from the program in August of 2008.

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